2011 Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should use a licensing test to verify that all new teachers meet its professional standards.
Indiana only requires all new elementary teachers to pass a popular content test from the Praxis series that combines both subject-matter knowledge and pedagogy in order to attain licensure.
Require that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test.
Indiana should verify that all new teachers meet professional standards through a test of professional knowledge for secondary as well as elementary school teachers.
Verify that commercially available tests of pedagogy actually align with state standards.
Indiana should ensure that its selected test of professional knowledge measures the knowledge and skills the state expects new teachers to have.
Indiana recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that it has contracted with Pearson to develop all new licensing exams, including a pedagogy exam. Pearson is already in the process of developing a customized pedagogy test to align with Indiana's new developmental/pedagogy standards. The projected implementation date is September 1, 2013.